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Russia's LUKOIL Taps Honeywell for Refinery Improvements (Int'l.)
Honeywell UOP
Date: 2022-01-17
Des Plaines, Illinois-headquartered Honeywell is reporting Russian petroleum refinery LUKOIL-Permnefteorgsintez will deploy Honeywell UOP process technologies at its refinery to convert low value vacuum gasoil into high value products such as gasoline and propylene.

LUKOL will install a UOP Vacuum Distillation unit and a UOP FCC Unit that is tailored to increase production of propylene at the refinery while improving gasoline yield. A UOP Merox™ unit will also be installed to treat the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) streams along with a UOP Propylene Recovery unit to produce propylene with certain quality requirements for its further use.

UOP will provide technology licensing, design services, key equipment and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents for this project at the refinery in the Perm region of Russia. When completed, the conversion capacity of the complex is expected to exceed 1,800,000 metric tpy of vacuum gasoil, according to the release.

Honeywell UOP is part of Honeywell's Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group, which also includes Honeywell Process Solutions , a pioneer in automation control, instrumentation and services for the oil and gas, refining, petrochemical, chemical and other industries. (Source: Honeywell, PR, 14 Jan., 2022) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com, Honeywell Process Solutions, www.honeywellprocess.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell UOP ,  


Danish Biogas Production, Consumption on the Rise (Int'l. Report)
Denmanr, Biogas
Date: 2022-01-17
Fredericia-headquartered Danish energy supplier Energinet is reporting that at the close of 2021, biogas injected into the Danish grid gas system corresponded to roughly 25 pct of the country's of gas consumption in the country, up 4 pct from 2020 levels.

Fifty-one biogas facilities have been connected to the Danish gas grid since 2013 and biogas is expected meet 75 of the country's gas consumption by 2030, according to the release. (Source: Energinet, Website, Jan. 2022) Contact: Energinet, +45 70 10 22 44, www.energinet.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  


PG&E's Gas Transmission System Receives Dairy RNG (Ind. Report)
Pacific Gas and Electric
Date: 2022-01-17
In the Golden State, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is reporting pipe-line ready RNG from Redding, California-based Maas Energy's anaerobic digestion facilities in Merced County has begun flowing via the California Energy Exchange's pipeline into PG&E gas transmission system.

The project, which produces pipeline-ready RNG (biomethane) from 15 dairy farms in Merced County, was largely funded by the California Public Utilities Commission's Dairy Biomethane Pilot Program -- part of the state's strategy to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants.

According to the California Air Resources Board, roughly half of the state's methane emissions come from dairies and livestock. (Sources; PG&E, PR. 14 Jan., 2022) Contact: PG&E, Chris DiGiovanni, Business Dev., www.pge.com; Maas Energy, (530) 710-8545, info@maasenergy.com, www.maasenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion,  Pacific Gas and Electric,  RNG,  Biomethane,  Biogas,  Maas Energy ,  


IES Biogas, CVE French Biomethane Plant Nears Completion (Int'l)
IES Biogas,European Biogas Association
Date: 2022-01-17
Pordenone, Italy headquartered IES Biogas is reporting Marseille-based CVE Group will soon conclude construction of a 320 Nm3 per hour (1.2 MWe) bioethane plant north of Amiens, France. The new facility will process roughly 25,000 tpy of organic, industrial, and agro-industrial waste -- slaughterhouses, bakeries and various others -- to produce 2.2 million m3 of biogas per year when it come online in 2023.

Marseille-based CVE Group is a global independent developer, financier and builder of solar, hydropower plants and biomethane units.

According to the European Biogas Association, France is the fastest-growing European country in this sector. Ninety-one plants went into operation in 2020 and another 81 were installed in the first seven months of 2021. Currently, 950 new projects are underway with a total production capacity of 22.6 TWh per year. (Source: IES Biogas, Website, PR, Jan., 2022) Contact: CVE Group, + 33 4 86 76 03 60 www.cvegroup.com; IES Biogas, +39 0434 363601, www.iesbiogas.it

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Methane,  European Biogas Association,  


Europe's Gas Consumption Pegged at 30-40 pct Biomethane by 2050 (Editorials, Opinions & Asides)
European Biogas Association
Date: 2022-01-17
The 11th edition of the European Biogas Association's Statistical Report estimates that by 2050, 30 to 40 pct of Europe's total gas consumption could be sustainable biomethane.

According to the report, combined biogas and biomethane production in 2020 amounted to 191 TWh or 18.0 bcm of energy. The numbers are expected to double in the next 9 years. By 2050, production can be at least five-fold reaching over 1,000 TWh, with some estimates going up to 1,700 TWh. Agricultural-based biogas and biomethane plants make up the lion's share of total production, which is now more the entire natural gas EU's gas consumption.

2020 saw the biggest year-on-year increase in biomethane production to date with an additional 6.4 TWh or 0.6 bcm of biomethane produced in Europe. According to the report, the sustainable European Bio-LNG production capacity by 2024, considering only confirmed plants, adds up to 10.6 TWh per year, capacity that could fuel almost 25,000 LNG trucks for the whole year. (Source: European Biogas Association , Nov., Dec. 2021) Contact: European Biogas Association, +32 24 00 1089, info@europeanbiogas.eu, www.europeanbiogas.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Biogas Association,  Methane,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Gasification,  RNG,  


Lucid Energy Permian Basin CCS Project Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
Lucid Energy
Date: 2022-01-17
The US EPA has given Dallas-headquartered oil and gas processor Lucid Energy the green-light to develop the largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at its Red Hills gas processing complex in the Permian Basin, Texas.

The company plans to sequester 500,000 tpy of carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide from its Red Hills gas processing complex in three Class II wells. The first well, which presently sequesters about 25,000 tpy, will store up to 100,000 tpy. A second Class II well, which is already permitted and approved by the EPA, will sequester up to 260,000 tpa. An anticipated third Class II well, which is not yet permitted, can store another 260,000 tpa, which the company hopes will begin in 2024. With all three wells, Lucid will have about 120,000 tonnes of excess capacity of CO2 storage to accommodate volume growth over time. The company is also considering a Class VI well, which would allow the company to sequester CO2 from third parties. (Source: Lucid Energy, PR, 11 Jan., 2022) Contact: Lucid Energy, Mike Latchem , CEO, 214-420-4950, www.lucid-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  Lucid Energy news,  


DEWA's Massive MBR Solar Park Advancing (Int'l. Report)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Date: 2022-01-17
In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it has increased the production capacity of the first project of the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park from 300 MW to 330 MW.

The Solar Park's fifth phase will generate sufficient power for more than 270,000 residences in Dubai and will reduce carbon emissions by 1.18 million tpy. The Park is expected to be completed in 2023, according to DEWA.

In November 2019, DEWA announced the consortium led by ACWA Power and Gulf Investment Corporation as the Preferred Bidder to build and operate the 900MW 5th phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, using photovoltaic solar panels based on the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) model. To implement the project, DEWA established Shuaa Energy 3 in partnership with the consortium led by ACWA Power and Gulf Investment Corporation. DEWA owns 60 pct of the company and the consortium owns the remaining 40 pct. (Source: DEWA, PR, 16 Jan., 2022) Contact: DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Thayer, CEO, Waleed Bin Salman, VP Business Development, www.dewa.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  Solar,  


Hydrogen to Supply 12 pct of Global Energy by 2050 (Int'l.)
IRENA
Date: 2022-01-17
According to the recently released Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation: The Hydrogen Factor from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), the rapid growth of the global hydrogen economy can bring "significant geoeconomic and geopolitical shifts giving rise to a wave of new interdependencies." Driven by the climate urgency and countries' commitments to net zero, Irena estimates hydrogen to cover up to 12 pct of global energy use by 2050.

IRENA notes "Growing trade and targeted investments in a market dominated by fossil fuels and currently valued at $174 billion is likely to boost economic competitiveness and influence the foreign policy landscape with bilateral deals diverging significantly from the hydrocarbon relationships of the 20th century." Irena also estimates, over 30 pct of hydrogen could be traded across borders by 2050, a higher share than natural gas today. (Source: IRENA, PR, Jan., 2022) Contact: IRENA, Francesco La Camera, Director-General, +97124179000, info@irena.org, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA,  Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  


Battery Resourcers Plans GA. Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Facility (Ind. Report)
Battery Resourcers
Date: 2022-01-17
Worchester , Mass.-based Battery Resourcers, a vertically integrated lithium-ion battery recycling and engineered materials company, reports. it plans to open a 154,000-square-foot, commercial-scale, lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Covington, Ga. When fully operational this August, the $43 million plant will be North America's largest battery recycling facility with a 30,000 metric tpy of discarded lithium-ion batteries and scrap processing capacity -- returning battery grade lithium, cobalt and nickel back into the battery supply chain.

According to the company release, the Covington facility marks the first phase of Battery Resourcers' strategic expansion plan which includes an additional facility for precursor and cathode-active material production using the company's patented Hydro-to Cathode™technology. The company's long-term plans include opening additional facilities in North America, Europe and Asia to process up to 150,000 metric tpy of lithium-ion material globally . (Source: Battery Resources, PR, Contact: Battery Resources, Michael O’Kronley, CEO, 206.390.9021, www.batteryresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Resourcers,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  


Wyoming CO2 Storage Project Making Progress (Ind. Report)
University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources
Date: 2022-01-17
The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources is reporting a second deep test well for site characterization is being drilled near Basin Electric's Dry Fork Station near Gillette, in Wyoming, where the CarbonSAFE drilling program is working to determine the suitability of the underground geological formations for commercial-scale carbon dioxide storage (CCS).

The drilling project is underway at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center, a facility that provides space for researchers to test, in a real-life setting, carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technologies using 20 MW of actual coal-based flue gas.

Phase 2 of CarbonSAFE investigated the storage complex feasibility with the drilling of a test well at the site and a 3D geophysical survey. The well was completed at a total depth of 9,873 feet, and 625 feet of core samples from nine different geological formations were collected for analysis, which has now been concluded.

Adjacent to the first well that was completed in 2019, the new well will allow researchers to gain valuable data and fully characterize the geologic layers of the subsurface site, including the target storage reservoirs and the caprock seals. The second well is also expected to provide data to help the team design a testing program to measure the response of injection -- using water -- within the formations. (Source: University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, Minimg.com, 16 Jan., 2022)Contact: Wyoming Integrated Test Center, Jason Begger, Managing Director, jason@wyomingitc.org, www.wyomingitc.org; Basin Electric Power Cooperative University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, (307) 766-1121, www.uwyo.edu/ser

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


CCS Start-Up Finds Private Equity Funding (Ind. Report)
Lapis Energy
Date: 2022-01-17
Dallas, Texas-based carbon capture and storage (CCS) start-up Lapis Energy is reporting private equity player Cresta Fund Management will fund the company's origination, development, and implementation of CCS and clean hydrogen projects.

According to the Lapis release, "The team brings a unique skill set and expertise to solving the complex decarbonization challenges faced by heavy industry and petrochemical companies, many of which have limited near-term greenhouse gas mitigation alternatives." (Source: Lapis Energy, PR, 10 Jan, 2022) Contact: Lapis Energy, Hamish Wilson, CEO, info@lapisenergy.com, www.lapisenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lapis Energy news,  CCS news,  


UK Hydrogen Production from Biomass Funding Available (Int'l.)
UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Date: 2022-01-14
In the UK, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy reports the launch of its £5 million Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme to support the development of technologies to generate hydrogen via bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). The BECCS process produces hydrogen from biomass and waste, with the ability to capture and store the carbon released during the process.

Under the Program's first phase, companies, research institutions and universities can now bid for up to £250,000 funding to support BECCS development and demonstrate their feasibility. A second phase will provide further funding to the most promising projects. The programme aims to support three categories: feedstock pre-processing, to optimise biomass and waste for use in gasification technologies; gasification components, thermal conversion technologies that can convert biomass or waste into hydrogen, methane, aviation fuel, diesel or other hydrocarbons; and novel bio-hydrogen technologies that can be combined with carbon capture, such as dark fermentation, anaerobic digestion and wastewater treatment. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy , PR, 12 Jan., 2022) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/publications/hydrogen-beccs-innovation-programme

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Biomass,  BECCS,  


Growth Energy Outlines 2022 Policy Priorities (Opinions & Asides)
Growth Energy
Date: 2022-01-14
Washington, D.C. headquartered biofuel industry trade group Growth Energy has outlined what it sees as the top federal priorities the US biofuel industry must take to achieve the nation's energy and climate goals, including:

  • Restoring certainty to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) -- finalise strong Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for 2021 and 2022; reject improper and illegal retroactive cuts to the already finalised 2020 RVOs; reject all pending and improperly granted small refinery exemptions (SREs); restore the 500 million gallons remanded by the courts in 2017; establish forward-leaning biofuel targets for 2023 and beyond that recognise the contributions of low-carbon ethanol in achieving climate goals; update EPA's outdated lifecycle carbon assessment model and; approve pending registrations for cellulosic biofuel from kernel fiber.

  • Eliminate Barriers to Higher Blends of Low-Carbon Ethanol -- restore unrestricted access to E15 year-round; clarify rules around the use of existing fuel storage and dispensing equipment for E15; finalize EPA's proposal to simplify onerous labeling requirements at fuel pumps and ; expand infrastructure for higher biofuel blends through legislative or administrative action

  • Utilize biofuels as a low-cost pathway to achieve climate goals -- promote new uses for biofuels, including in aviation, marine, and heavy-duty applications; enact new and expand existing incentives to encourage ethanol producers to further reduce their carbon footprint through carbon capture, utilization, and storage, as well as innovation in biotechnology and sustainable agriculture; break down trade barriers to low-carbon ethanol in markets like Brazil, India, and China and; utilize opportunities to decarbonize the nation's transportation sector through the use of high octane, low-carbon fuels. (Source: Growth Energy, Website Release, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Biofuels,  Etanol,  


  • Biofuels Notable Quotes from Growth Energy's CEO
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2022-01-14
    "If we want to decarbonise the transportation sector, we must use all the tools in the toolbox – including plant-based biofuels like ethanol, which reduce carbon emissions by 46 pct compared to gasoline.

    "Affordable for drivers, earth-friendly, and engine smart, biofuels are the most abundant and readily available climate solution to immediately reduce carbon emissions for cars on the road today.

    "The research shows that our climate goals cannot be realized without harnessing the power of homegrown energy. That's why it is critical that policymakers ensure that our farmers and rural producers remain at the forefront of the nation's efforts to accelerate our transition to a healthier, zero-emission, 100 pct renewable energy future." -- Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy, 12 Jan, 2022 Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Biofuels,  


    First Solar Claims 1.2GW Swift Current Energy Order (Ind. Report)
    First Solar,Swift Current Energy
    Date: 2022-01-14
    Tempe, Arizona-headquartered First Solar, Inc. reports Boston-headquartered developer, owner, and operator of utility-scale clean energy assets Swift Current Energy, a has placed an order for 1.2 GW dc of First Solar's advanced, ultra-low carbon thin film photovoltaic (PV) solar modules for delivery in 2023-24.

    According to the company release, First Solar is investing $680 million in expanding America's domestic PV solar manufacturing capacity by 3.3 GW annually, by building its third US manufacturing facility, in Lake Township, Ohio, for commissioning in the first half of 2023. The company also operates factories in Vietnam and Malaysia, and has a 3.3 GW factory under construction in India that is expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2023.

    Boston, headquartered Swift Current Energy acquires, develops, constructs, owns and operates highly competitive, utility-scale wind, solar energy and battery storage projects across the United States. The company has commercialized 1.1 GW of renewable energy projects and has a growing project pipeline with more than 6 GW across North America. The company also has offices in Illinois, Maine, Montana and Texas, USA. (Source: First Solar, Website PR, 13 Jan., 2021) Contact: First Solar, Mitchell Ennis, IR, mitchell.ennis@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com; Swift Current Energy, Eric Lamers, CEO, 857-315-5294, www.swiftcurrent energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar news,  Swift Current Energy news,  Solar news,  


    Neste Concludes Successful Liquefied Waste Plastic Tests (R&D)
    Neste
    Date: 2022-01-14
    Helsinki-headquartered biofuels producer Neste is reporting the conclusion of its first series of trial runs processing 400 tonnes of liquefied waste plastic at its Porvoo refinery in Finland. In the course of the trial runs, Neste upgraded liquefied waste plastic to drop-in solutions for plastic production and developed industrial scale capabilities to upgrade both raw and recycled feedstocks.

    Neste aims to process more than 1 million tpy of plastic waste from 2030 onwards, according to the release. (Source: Neste, Website PR, 12 Jan., 2022) Contact: Neste, Mercedes Alonso, Exec. VP, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals, Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  


    Yotta Energy, Cal Solar Inc. to Deploy Solar+Energy Storage in California (Ind. Report)
    Yotta Energy, Cal Solar
    Date: 2022-01-14
    As California requires solar plus storage systems for all new commercial and multifamily construction beginning in 2023, Yotta Energy is joining forces with Cal Solar Inc., the leading solar and energy storage design-build engineer and contractor for new commercial and multifamily construction. The companies will work together to deploy statewide renewable energy solutions to meet California mandate requirements.

    Yotta's energy storage system will be designed as a virtual-power-plant-ready installation, meaning in addition to battery charging from the solar photovoltaic (PV) system, Yotta's energy storage system provides time-of-use software control. This capability saves users money by allowing the battery to be discharged when electricity prices are high.

    The California Building Energy Efficiency Standards will take effect on January 1, 2023, requiring all new commercial and multifamily construction to include solar plus energy storage, and all new residential construction to have energy-storage-ready solar PV systems. The state anticipates adding 280 MW of annual solar capacity and 400 MWh of energy storage with these requirements.

    Yotta Energy recently announced a funding raise of $13 million to scale its unique, modular energy storage and microgrid technology, specifically designed to transform buildings into self-generating power plants. Led by WIND Ventures, the Series A round includes follow-on investors Doral Energy-Tech Ventures, Riverstone Ventures, and returning investors, EDP Ventures, and SWAN Impact Network. The round brings the company's total funding to $20 million. This partnership and its collaboration with Cal Solar Inc. represent significant milestones as Yotta Energy looks to move the industry forward with its innovative plug-and-play solar plus storage solution, according to the release. (Source: Yoptta Energy, PR, 14 Jan., 2022) Contact: Yotta Energy, www.yottaenergy.com; Cal Solar, Sean Neman, CEO, 800-784-7612, info@calsolarinc.com, www.calsolarinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Yotta Energy,  Cal Solar ,  


    Alberta Offers $30Mn Support for Carbon Capture Projects (Funding)
    Emissions Reduction Alberta
    Date: 2022-01-14
    On the Canadian prairies, Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is launching Carbon Capture Kickstart: Design and Engineering, a new $30 million funding competition that will accelerate development of industrial-scale carbon capture and transportation technology solutions in Alberta.

    The Carbon Capture Kickstart competition supports pre-construction design and engineering and is focused on site-specific carbon capture, direct air capture, and carbon transportation infrastructure. Proposals can address emissions across industrial sectors: power generation, cement production, manufacturing, oil and gas, and more. All proposals must target specific large final emitter sites in Alberta. ERA will contribute up to 50 pct of the project cost to a maximum of $7.5 million. ERA will also identify opportunities to leverage funding for this call with support from other funding agencies, such as Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

    All ERA funding recipients are required to produce a final outcomes report that is shared publicly for the broader benefit of Alberta. Funding recipients will be required to report on project outcomes, achievements, and lessons learned including GHG reductions, job creation, and other environmental, economic, and social benefits.

    Download Kickstart details HERE .

    Since 2009, ERA has invested revenues from the carbon price paid by large final emitters to accelerate the development and adoption of innovative clean technology solutions and committed $821 million toward 221 projects worth $6.6 billion that are helping reduce GHGs. These projects are estimated to deliver cumulative reductions of 42.3 million tonnes of CO₂e by 2030. (Source: Gov. of Alberta, Emissions Reduction Alberta, PR 14 Jan., 2022) Contact: Gov. of Alberta, Emissions Reduction Alberta, Kevin Duncan, 403.431.2859, kduncan@eralberta.ca, www.eralberta.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  Emissions Reduction Alberta ,  


    Thyssenkrupp to Install Green Hydrogen Facility in Rotterdam (Int'l)
    thyssenkrupp
    Date: 2022-01-12
    Essen, Germany-headquartered industrial conglomerate Thyssenkrupp AG reports its Dortmund, Germany-based thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers, Dortmund, has contracted with Royal Dutch Shell for Shell's proposed commercial-scale "Hydrogen Holland I" project in the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

    Under the contract, Thyssenkrupp will engineer, procure and fabricate a 200-MW electrolysis plant based on its large-scale 20 MW alkaline water electrolysis module. Construction work for the electrolyzers is slated for this coming Spring 2022 for startup and production in 2024, subject to Shell's final investment decision.

    The Hydrogen Holland I facility will produce green hydrogen for industry and the transport sector, with electricity coming from offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust (Noord), by means of guarantees of origin.

    Green hydrogen is a main pillar of the energy transition towards sustainable decarbonization. By 2025, countries representing over 80 pct of the global GDP are expected to enter the hydrogen economy with a dedicated hydrogen strategy, according to the release. (Source: thyssenkrupp, PR, Chemical Engineer, 10 Jan., 2022)Contact: Thyssenkrupp AG, www.thyssekrupp.com; thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers, +49 231 5470, www.thyssenkrupp-uhde-chlorine-engineers.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News thyssenkrupp,  Royal Dutch Shell,  Green Hydrogen,  


    GESS RNG Biogas Announces 4 RNG Projects (Ind. Report)
    GESS RNG Biogas
    Date: 2022-01-12
    Raleigh, North Carolina-headquartered GESS RNG Biogas USA LLC is reporting four renewable natural gas (RNG) projects across the United States that will use its proprietary swine manure collection system to feed swine manure into anaerobic digesters.

    GESS RNG Biogas will implement its system at two biogas plants in North Carolina. The Union County plant can accept swine manure, poultry litter, food processing byproduct, and agricultural row crops as feedstock. This plant is designed to initially produce up to 200,000 MMBtus of biogas per year, scaling up to 500,000 MMBtus per year. A second plant in Bladen County will collect swine manure and poultry litter from multiple surrounding farms, with initial production estimates between 160,000 and 200,000 MMBtus of biogas per year, scaling up to 500,000 MMBtus per year.

    GESS RNG Biogas is also finalizing two dairy projects. The first, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will have 8,000 wet cow equivalent, producing up to 150,000 MMBtus of biogas per year. The second, in Syracuse, Kansas, will have 16,000 wet cow equivalent, producing up to 300,000 MMBtus of biogas per year.

    For all projects, GESS RNG Biogas's sister company, Cyclum Renewables LLC , will be installing renewable microgrids allowing sites to utilize RNG, biodiesel, and EV trucks to be fueled on-site while also producing each biogas plant's electricity. (Source: GESS RNG Biogas, Website, 7 Jan., 2022) Contact: GESS RNG Biogas, Shaun Lee, Managing Partner, 984-289-8145, shaun.lee@gessint.com, www.gessrngbiogas.com; Cyclum Renewables, www.gocyclum.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GESS RNG Biogas ,  RNG,  Biodiesel,  Biogas,  


    China Tops Renewables Capacity, Carbon Emitters List (Int'l.)
    China National Energy Administration
    Date: 2022-01-12
    In Beijing, the China National Energy Administration is reporting China's accumulative installed capacity for renewable energy grew to i billion kilowatts as of the end of October, this year, doubling that in the end of 2015, and now accounts for 43.5 pct of the country's total installed power generation capacity, up 10.2 percentage points over the end of 2015.

    China's installed capacity of hydropower, wind power, solar power and biomass power generation have reached 385 million kilowatts, 299 million kilowatts, 282 million kilowatts and 35.34 million kilowatts respectively, ranking China first in the world in renewable energy and carbon emissions, according to the release. China is aiming to reach carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: China National Energy Administration, Website Release, Nov., 2021) Contact: China National Energy Administration, english.www.gov.cn/state_council/2014/10/01/content_281474991089761.htm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China National Energy Administration,  Renewable Energy,  China Renewable Energy,  


    Innovative Solar Offloading Two Texas Solar Projects (M&A)
    Innovative Solar Systems
    Date: 2022-01-12
    Ashville, North Carolina-headquartered solar energy project developer Innovative Solar Systems LLC (ISS) reports it is offering its "IS245" and "IS206" solar projects in Texas for immediate acquisition.

    IS245 is a 125 MW project in Fisher County, TX and IS206 is a 300MW project in Jones County. Both projects have been planned to add battery storage later to leverage on higher power off take contracts, both projects have interconnection agreements and long term land leases signed and EPC contracts in place, aand can be online in 2023, according to the company release. ISS has a 12GW pipeline of early-stage projects in a variety of US states including Texas. (Source: Innovative Solar Systems, PR, Jan, 2022) Contact: Innovative Solar Systems, (828) 424-7884, info@innovativesolarsystemsllc.com, www.innovativesolarsystemsllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innovative Solar Systems ,  Solar,  


    Avfuel Supplying SAF to ACI Jet Orange in California (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel
    Date: 2022-01-12
    Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation has added ACI Jet Orange County, near the John Wayne Orange County Airport, in southern California to its list of branded fixed-base operators (FBOs) now providing Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to air carriers using thie facilities. Avfuel delivered its first load of SAF to ACI Jet Orange County at the close of December 2021.

    This new supply of SAF supports ACI Jet's customers who are looking to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions immediately and significantly, according to the Avfuel release. (Source: Avfuel Corp, Website, PR, Bioenergy Int'l, 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Avfuel,  SAF,  


    Vinkel Bioenergi Acquired by European Energy JV (M&A, Int'l.)
    Vinkel Bioenergi
    Date: 2022-01-12
    Danish solar energy equipment supplier European Energy is reporting the acquisition of Jutland, Denmark-based biogas producer Vinkel Bioenergi A/S on behalf of private investor Bo Bendtsen in a joint venture (JV) deal with European Energy. With the acquisition, Vinkel Bioenergi will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the new JV holding company, BioCirc ApS.

    Vinkel Bioenergi was established in 2018 to convert more than 400,000 tpy of biomass into green, CO2-neutral biogas from its facility in central Jutland.

    "European Energy will make use of the CO2 that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere from the production of biogas at Vinkel Bioenergi in the production of e-methanol that will be supplied to major companies such as Circle K and Maersk. In this way, Vinkel Bioenergi contributes to our common goal of becoming a net-zero society in the future," according to the release. (Source: European Energy, PR, Website, Jan., 2021) Contact: European Energy, Knud Erik Andersen, CEO Vinkel Bioenergi A/S, Jeppe Klug Madsen, CEO, +45 96 49 43 00, info@lundsbybiogas.dk, www.lundsbybiogas.dk/en/case/vinkel-bioenergi-en; European Energy, +45 88 70 82 16, +45 88 70 82 16 www.europeanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vinkel Bioenergi news,  Biogas news,  eMethanol news,  


    Dominion Virginia's Grid Plan Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy Virginia
    Date: 2022-01-12
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy Virginia reports the State Corporation Commission (SCC) has approved its $776 million , 10-year Grid Transformation Plan which was designed in response to Virginia's 2018 Grid Transformation & Security Act.

    The Plan envisions a restructuring of the electricity grid and the integration of more solar, wind and battery energy storage technology. Under the plan, Dominion would spend as much as $194.4 million in grid technologies, including intelligent grid devices; $27.7 million on grid infrastructure; $198.3 million for advanced "smart "meters; and $203.9 million for a customer information platform.

    In August 2021, Dominion Energy filed a $1.5 billion clean energy investment, including up to 1,100 MW of solar, in Virginia, part of a planned $26 billion in spending on emissions reduction technology over five years. The Virginia Clean Economy Act requires Dominion to procure a combined 16 GW of solar and onshore wind by the end of 2035, according to the release. (Source: Dominion Energy Virginia, 11 Jan., 2022) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Charlene Whitfield, VP Power Delivery, Emil Avram, VP Bus. Dev., www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy Virginia,  


    Ethanol Producer Proposes Iowa CO2, CCS Pipeline (Ind. Report)
    ADM, Wolf Carbon Solutions
    Date: 2022-01-12
    Chicago-based agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), the nation's second-largest ethanol producer, is proposing to cut its carbon footprint by constructing a 350-mile, 12 million tpy pipeline to transport carbon dioxide from its ethanol plants in eastern Iowa for injection in Decatur, Illinois. The pipeline would be owned and operated by Calgary, Alberta-based carbon capture and pipeline company Wolf Carbon Solutions.

    ADM's three plants in eastern Iowa, one in Clinton and two in Cedar Rapids, account for 46 pct of the company's ethanol production capacity.

    The Hawkeye State hosts 43 ethanol plants with an annual capacity of 4.6 billion gpy out of 209 plants nationwide with a capacity of 17.4 billion gpy. (Source: ADM, Jan., 2022) Contact: ADM, www.adm.com; Wolf Carbon Solutions, info@wolfcarbonsolutions.com, www.wolfcarbonsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wolf Carbon Solutions,  ADM,  Carbon Dioxide,  CO2,  CCS,  Wolf Carbon Solutions,  


    Ocean Warming in 2021 Sets New Record (Ind. Report)
    National Center for Atmospheric Research
    Date: 2022-01-12
    According to a report from National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, the world’s oceans underwent record warming in 2021 with the upper 2,000 metres of the ocean absorbing 235 zettajoules (ZJ) of heat in 2021 relative to the 1981-2010 average.

    In 2021, the oceans soaked up 14 ZJ more heat than in 2020, the paper showed. The paper also noted the oceans have been experiencing an unambiguous increase in heat since the late 1980s. The warming rates in 1986-2021 represents a maximum eight-fold increase compared to 1958–85. (Source: National Center for Atmospheric Research, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: National Center for Atmospheric Research, Kevin Trenberth, 303-497-1000, www. ncar.ucar.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Center for Atmospheric Research news,  Climate Change news,  


    "Climate Change is the Problem -- Clean Energy is the Solution."
    Eileen Claussen
    Date: 2022-01-10
    "Climate change is the problem, clean energy is the solution." -- Eileen Claussen. Eileen Claussen is a former U.S. diplomat and senior climate and energy policy advisor to U.S. Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, National Security Council, Pew Center on Global Climate Change and its successor, the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Clean Energy news,  Eileen Claussen news,  


    Verbio Opening Corn Ethanol Plant in Iowa (Ind. Report)
    Verbio
    Date: 2022-01-10
    Leipzig, Germany-based biodiesel producer Verbio reports its VERBIO Nevada Biorefinery, a retooled cellulosic ethanol plant in the city of Nevada, Iowa, is the first industrial scale renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in North America using agricultural residues as its feedstock. The plant is 100 pct owned by VERBIO North America Holdings Corporation.

    RNG production from corn stover began in December 2021 with the completion of Phase I, at a capacity of 7 million ethanol gallons equivalent (EGE) per year. Upon completion of Phase II in the 4th quarter of 2022, the site will begin operating as a biorefinery, producing 60 million gallons of corn-based ethanol and an additional 19 million (EGE) of RNG from stillage. The integration of RNG and ethanol production, unique to VERBIO, incorporates advanced operational technology currently practiced at the company's facilities in Germany. The process also yields humus, a soil amendment, and organic fertilizers, according to the company website release.

    When fully operational before the year end, the plant will consume roughly 100,000 tpy of locally sourced corn stover to produce 60 million gpy of ethanol. (Source: Verbio, PR, Website, AgInsider, 7 Jan., 2021) Contact: Verbio North America, Claus Sauter, CEO, (866) 306-4777, +49 (0) 3493 747-40, www.verbio.us, www.verbio.de/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Stover,  Verbio,  Corn Ehanol,   Ethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


    Gasrec Opening Biomethane Station Remote Monitoring Centers (Int'l.)
    Gasrec Ltd
    Date: 2022-01-10
    In the UK, London-headquartered Gasrec Ltd is reporting the opening of it first Remote Monitoring Center to watch and respond to real-time data from each of its biomethane refueling stations and tanker fleet. The information will be closely watched by an initial team of six control center operators who will monitor gas levels to prevent shortages, and detect equipment faults or potential safety issues immediately and respond accordingly.

    Gasrec operates biomethane refuelling stations across the UK, providing green fuel for major retailers and logistics companies including Ocado, Sainsbury's and UPS.

    In December 2021, bp took a 28.57 pct stake in the company. (Source: Gasrec Ltd., Website, 6 Jan, 2022) Contact: Gasrec Ltd, +44 20 8191 7079, www.gasrec.co.uk

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    Deal Farm Biogas Fine-tuning AD Plant Planning Application (Int'l.)
    Deal Farm Biogas
    Date: 2022-01-10
    In Norfolk, UK, Deal Farm Biogas report it has submitted a partly retrospective planning application to South Norfolk Council seeking approval of changes made to the original 2015 plans for its anaerobic digestion (AD) facility near the town of Diss in response to local environmental concerns.

    The new planning application includes amendments to the layout and positioning of equipment on the site and seeks to enhance the sustainability of the plant by including carbon capture (CCS) technology for 7,000 tpy of CO2.

    When fully operational the facility will generate sufficient biogas to power more than 4,600 homes. The gas will be injected directly into the local gas grid to be used by households in the village of Roydon and Diss. In addition to biogas, the plant will produce a high-quality, sustainable fertiliser. (Source: Deal Farm Biogas, Website PR, Jan., 2022) Contact: Deal Farm Biogas, +44 0 800 368 7312, info@dealfarmbiogas.co.uk, www.dealfarmbiogas.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas news,  UK Biogas news,  Carbon Capture news,  CCS news,  


    Renew Power "Green" Bonds Raise $400Mn (Int'l. Report)
    ReNew Power,Climate Bond Initiative
    Date: 2022-01-10
    In Delhi, India's largest renewable energy company, ReNew Power reports raising $400 million in "green" bond sales from global debt investors including Mauritius-based Clean Energy Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Renew Energy Global Plc that is the parent of the operating firm ReNew Power.

    The 5.25-year "green" bonds are certified by the Climate Bond Initiative and will be listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange.

    The money will be used to refinance existing high-cost debt and fund capital expenditure, among other uses.

    To date, ReNew Power has raised over $3.5 billion from eight issuances, of which, seven are outstanding. The funding will be used to refinance existing high-cost debt and fund capital expenditure of its subsidiaries and for other corporate purposes.

    ReNew Power is among India's largest independent renewable energy producers, developers, builders, owners and operators of utility-scale wind and solar energy projects, hydro and distributed solar energy projects with a total capacity of10.3 gigawatts (GW) across, including commissioned and committed projects, as of Nov., 2021, according to the company website. (Source: ReNew Power, PR, PTI Business World, 9 Jan., 2021) Contact: ReNew Power Limited, Ms. Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chief Sustainability Officer, +91 124 489 6670/80, info@renewpower.in, www.renewpower.in; Climate Bond Initiative, www.climatebonds.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Bond Initiative,  ReNew Power,  Clean Energy,  Green Bond,  


    Idaho Power Aiming for 100 pct Renewables by 2045 (Ind. Report)
    Idaho Power
    Date: 2022-01-10
    In Boise, the state regulated monopoly Idaho Power utility reports it has submitted its 20-year Integrated Resource Plan to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. The Plan phases out coal-fired power plants by 2028 in favor of renewable energy, battery storage, energy efficiency and additional power that will come with the completion of a transmission line connecting to the Pacific Northwest. The utility is aiming for 100 pct clean energy by 2045 when it expects to serve more than 850,000 customers.

    Idaho Power's new 2021 plan calls for 700 MW of wind, 1,405 MW of solar and 1,685 MW of battery energy storage. The plan also considers various climate-related risks and ways of meeting the company's clean energy goal built around hydropower, which is key to the company's long term strategy. Idaho Power presently has 17 hydroelectric facilities on the Snake River and its tributaries. In 2020, company's energy mix was 41.7 pct hydro, 20.9 pct coal, 11.9 pct natural gas, 11.1 pct wind, 4.1 pct solar and 2.9 pct geothermal, biomass and other sources, plus 7.4 pct energy market purchases, according to the company. (Source: Idaho Power, PR, Website, Columbian, Jan., 2022) Contact: Idaho Power,www.idahopower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Idaho Power,  Renewable Energy,  Coal,  


    Bay State Setting Truck Emissions Standards (Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
    Date: 2022-01-10
    In Boston, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) last week reported plans to adopt California's accelerated truck standards requiring an increasing percentage of all medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold to be zero-emission starting in 2025. The regulations will require manufacturers to increase zero-emission truck sales in the state between 30 and 50 pct by 2030 and 40 and 75 pct by 2035.

    The move will make Massachusetts one of five states -- including Washington, Oregon, New York, New Jersey -- to adopt California's stringent rules which call for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    The move follows the collapse of a multi-state Transportation Climate Initiative which called for a cap-and-invest program targeting gas and diesel fuel consumption. TCI was projected to reduce regional emissions by as much as 26 pct in the next 11 years.

    The transportation sector accounts for roughly 40 pct of the Bay State's total greenhouse gas emissions, according to the DEP. (Source: Mass. DEP, Jan., 2022) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, 617-292-5500, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-environmental-protection

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection,  Transportation Emissions,  CO2 ,  


    Blackstone Invests $3Bn in Invenergy (Ind. Report)
    Blackstone, Invenergy, CDPQ
    Date: 2022-01-10
    Blackstone Inc. is reporting funds managed by Blackstone Infrastructure Partners have entered into a definitive agreement with the Canadian province of Quebec's giant ($389.7 billion CAD) pension fund Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ) and Invenergy for a roughly $3 billion equity investment in Invenergy Renewables Holdings LLC.

    The investment will help accelerate Invenergy's renewables development activities. CDPQ and Invenergy management remain majority owners of the company and Invenergy will continue as managing member.

    Invenergy Renewables is a major renewable energy developer with over 175 projects totaling nearly 25,000 MW developed across four continents, focused on partnerships with utilities, financial institutions and commercial and industrial customers. The company is building both the largest wind and solar projects in the United States, that combined will deliver nearly 3 GW of clean energy by 2023.

    Since 2019, Blackstone has committed nearly $13 billion in investments that it believes are consistent with the broader energy transition. Additionally in 2020, Blackstone announced a plan to reduce carbon emissions by 15 pct in aggregate within the first three years of ownership across all new investments where Blackstone has control over energy usage, according to the company. (Source: Blackstone, PR, 9 Jan., 2021) Contact: Invenergy LLC, Ryan Van Portfliet, Renewable Energy Development, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergy.com; Blackstone Inc, www.blackstone.com; CDPQ, www.cdpq.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Balckstone,  CDPQ,  Invenergy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Archaea Energy Touts World's Largest RNG Project (Ind. Report)
    Archaea Energy
    Date: 2022-01-10
    Houston-headquartered renewable natural gas specialist Archaea Energy Inc is reporting the start-up of Project Assai, an RNG facility at the Keystone Sanitary Landfill in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. Pipeline-quality RNG has been produced and commercial operations were achieved on Dec. 30, 2021. Assai is now the highest capacity operational RNG facility in the world, according to the release.

    Assai, which combines landfill gas flows from the Keystone Sanitary Landfill and the Waste Management Alliance Landfill, is expected to deliver over 4 million MMBtu per year of RNG Approximately 80 pct of the Assai total RNG volumes have been contracted on a long-term, fixed fee basis with FortisBC Energy Inc., Energir, L.P., and The Regents of the University of California, for periods of up to 20 years. The project is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by over 200,000 metric tpy, according to the release. (Source: Archaea Energy Inc, PR, Website, 3 Jan., 2022) Contact: Archaea Energy Inc., Nick Stork, CEO, 346-708-8272, info@archaea.energy, www.archaea.energy.com

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    POET Statement on EPA Proposed RVO Volumes (Opinions & Asides)
    POET
    Date: 2022-01-10
    In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, POET Senior VP of Government Affairs and Communications, Joshua Shields, issued the following in response to the EPA's announcement on the 2020, 2021 and 2022 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard:

    "EPA's draft rule would reduce access to the single most affordable and abundant source of low-carbon liquid fuel on the planet right at the moment when consumers are facing high gas prices, and political leaders are grasping for climate solutions that are within reach. The Biden Administration should fulfill the President's campaign promises to support the Renewable Fuel Standard, which will continue to affordably decarbonize the nation's existing vehicle fleet, create clean energy jobs and support American farmers. We urge the EPA to consider the consequences of reducing biofuel volumes, reinstate robust blending targets and, as the President said, 'Get the RFS back on track' before the rule is finalized'." (Source: POET, Website, 7 Dec., 2021) Contact: POET, Joshua Shields, Senior V.P. Gov. Affairs and Communications, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com, www.poet.com/sustainability

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Renewable Fuels Standard,  RVO,  EPA,  Biofuel,  


    US Greenhouse Gas Emissions on the Rise (Ind. Report)
    Rhodium Group,Global Carbon Project
    Date: 2022-01-10
    According to a preliminary estimate released Monday by the NYC-based research and consultancy firm Rhodium Group, after falling 10 pct in 2020 U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from energy and industry rose 6.2 pct in 2021 as the economy began to recover from pandemic lows as pandemic related restrictions eased and economic activity picked up. The report notes that transport, the largest source of greenhouse gases in the country, saw its emissions increase by 10 pct in 2021 after a drop of 15 pct in 2020, due in part to an increase in the number of diesel trucks carrying goods to consumers as e-commerce has increased, with freight traffic exceeding pre-pandemic levels last year.

    Coal-fired power plant emissions rose 17 pct in 2021 after dropping 19 pct in 2020. Prior to the pandemic, U.S. electric utilities replaced hundreds of coal-fired power plants with cheaper and cleaner natural gas, wind and solar power. In 2020, electricity use fell nationwide and many utilities ran their remaining coal plants much less often, as it was often the most expensive fuel. But in 2021 natural gas prices nearly doubled and many utilities returned to coal-fired power for electricity. According to the US Energy Information Administration , coal emissions will likely fall in 2022 if natural gas prices stabilize. Electric utilities have already announced plans to withdraw at least 28 pct of their remaining coal-fired power plants by 2035, and many have been turning to renewable energy at a record pace .

    The Rhodium group report also notes emissions from heavy industry, such as cement and steel, rose 3.6 pct in 2021 after falling 6.2 pct in 2020. Emissions from buildings increased by 1.9 pct in 2021 after a 7.6 pct decrease in 2020. The report ignores the rise in emissions from last year's massive West Coast wildfires which burned millions of acres of forest and released the CO2 that had been locked in burning trees.

    In November, the Global Carbon Project estimated that global CO2 emissions from energy and industry rose 4.9 pct in 2021, after falling 5.4 pct in 2020. China, India and the European Union have all seen large increases, suggesting that any climate effect of the pandemic has been fleeting. (Source: Rhodium Group, Jan., 2022) Contact: Rhodium Group, Kate Larsen, Partner , 212.532.1157, nyc@rhg,com, www.rhg.com; Global Carbon Project, +61-2-6246 5631, info@globalcarbonproject.org, www.globalcarbonproject.org

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    Johnson Matthey Launches HyCOgen (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Matthey
    Date: 2022-01-07
    In the UK, Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies, is reporting the launch of HyCOgen™ -- Reverse Water Gas Shift technology enabling the conversion of captured CO2 and green hydrogen into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

    By combining HyCOgen with FT CANS Fischer Tropsch technology Johnson Matthey offers an integrated, scalable solution for use in the efficient and cost-effective production of renewable power based SAF.

    HyCOgen is a catalysed process to convert green hydrogen and CO2 into carbon monoxide which is combined with additional hydrogen to form synthesis gas (syngas), a crucial building block in the manufacture of fuels and chemicals. The integration with the FT CANS technology provides an end to end, optimized and highly scalable process that turns over 95 pct of the CO2 into high quality synthetic crude oil that can be further upgraded into sustainable drop-in fuel products including SAF, renewable diesel and naphtha.

    The scalability of the integrated HyCOgen/FT CANS solution enables cost-effective deployment across a wide range of project sizes -- from small-scale, fed by hydrogen from a single electrolyser, through to world-scale with multiple large electrolyser modules, according to the release. (Source: Johnson Matthey, Website, PR, 5 Jan., 2022) Contact: Johnson Matthey, Jane Toogood, Sector Chief Executive, group.info@matthey.com, www.matthey.com

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    LafargeHolcim Espana CCUS JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
    LafargeHolcim,Carbon Clean
    Date: 2022-01-07
    In Madrid, cement producer LafargeHolcim Espana is reporting the launch of ECCO2, a joint venture with London-headquartered Carbon Clean and Sistemas de Calor to develop carbon capture technology for use at the producer's Carboneras cement plant in Almería.

    When commissioned in early 2023, the carbon capture system will capture 10 pct of the Carboneras plant's CO2 emissions that will be marketed plant for use as a gas in local agricultural greenhouse operations. (Source: LafargeHolcim Espana, PR World Cement, Jan., 2022) Contact: LafargeHolcim Espana, +34 912 13 31 00 www.lafargeholcim.es; Carbon Clean, Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, +44 20 3865 0638, www.carbonclean.com

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    Vertimass, UGI Ink 15-year Renewable Fuels Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Vertimass, UGI Corp.
    Date: 2022-01-07
    King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based natural gas and electric power distribution company UGI Corporation is reporting a 15-year agreement with Irvine,California-based catalytic technology developer Vertimass LLC to produce renewable fuels from renewable ethanol in the US and Europe. UGI anticipates a roughly $500 million investment for the bolt-on production facilities over 15-years. The first production facility is expected to come onstream in fiscal year 2024 with a production target of approximately 50 million gpy of combined renewable fuels.

    Vertimass's Consolidated Alcohol Deoxygenation and Oligomerization (CADO) technology allows ethanol producers to: produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and diesel blendstocks that are compatible with the current transportation fuel infrastructure as well as LPG (liquified petroleum gases, mainly propane and butane); eliminate the ethanol "blend wall" by converting ethanol into fungible gasoline components for powering light duty vehicles; produce intermediates used to make plastics and other higher value products; and possibly "de-bottleneck" processes to increase throughput with little additional costs other than for feedstock, according to Vertimass.

    The "bolt-on" technology enables flexible production of the renewable fuels to align with regional market demand. Up to 50 pct of the total production capacity from the facilities can be renewable propane that will support UGI's efforts to provide innovative, low-carbon, sustainable energy solutions to its customers. Other benefits include the ability to lower plant water usage, reduce overall energy consumption, and drop GHG emissions to levels required for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Advanced Biofuel category, according to the release. (Source: UGI Corporation, PR 6 Jan., 2021) Contact: UGI Corp., (610) 337-1000, investors@ugicorp.com, www.ugicorp.com; Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com

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    Solaires Touts Perovskite Solar Ink™(New Prod. & Tech.)
    Solaires Entreprises
    Date: 2022-01-07
    Victoria, British Colimbia, Canada-based solar energy start-up Solaires Entreprises Inc, is touting its first of its kind perovskite-based photovoltaic Solar Ink™ and is raising $2.1 million in pre-seed funding at a pre-money valuation of $9 million. The proceeds will be directed towards purchasing materials and equipment to ramp up the production and scale up their Solar Ink™ sales.

    Solar Ink™ has a four month shelf life and is compatible with blade coating and slot die coating among other scalable deposition processes. The additive-stabilized ink is appropriate for up-scaling perovskite solar cell production, with blade-coated devices achieving efficiencies of up to 17 pct and can be kept in ambient conditions, according to the company release. (Source: Solaires Entreprises Inc, PR, 6 Jan., 2021) Contact: Solaires Enterprises Inc., Fabian de la Fuente, Co-CEO, 888-464-2532, www.solaires.net

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    IFC Underwrites South African Green Housing Bonds (Int'l. Report)
    IFC
    Date: 2022-01-07
    Nedbank, one of South Africa's largest banks, is issuing a green bond in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank Group's private sector financing arm. The funds raised will be used to finance environmentally sustainable housing in South Africa. Nedbank is once again issuing a green bond in South Africa, after a first operation in 2019 dedicated to renewable energy financing. This time, the bank owned 50% by Old Mutual is receiving support from a major investor, the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The subsidiary of the World Bank Group responsible for private sector financing has become the main investor in this operation, which is targeting 1.09 billion South African rand ($120 million).

    The green bond, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, is dedicated to financing environmentally responsible housing in South Africa. According to the IFC, the deal will increase the availability of finance to drive the South African green building market. (Source: Nedbank, Afrik21, 6 Jan., 2022)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Beijing Claims China ETS World's Largest Carbon Market (Int'l.)
    China Carbon Market
    Date: 2022-01-07
    In Beijing, the China Ministry of Ecology and Environment is reporting the country's national emissions trading system (ETS), which was officially launched this past July, saw the equivalent of $1.2 billion in turnover in 2021 and has surpassed the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) as the world's largest emissions trading system -- carbon market.

    A total of 2,162 power companies included in the country's carbon market produced an estimated 4.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2021, according to the Ministry data.

    In creating a national ETS, China began piloting emissions trading at the regional level in 2011, covering seven provinces and cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong. As previously reported, China aims to bring its carbon emissions to a peak before 2030 and become carbon neutral before 2060.

    Besides the EU ETS and China, national or sub-national systems are already operating or under development in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States. (Source: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, CGTN, 5 Jan, 2022) Contact: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, www. english.mee.gov.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market,  EU ETS,  Carbon missions,  Climate Change,  


    Biofuel Groups Comment on EPA RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, Growth Energy
    Date: 2022-01-07
    In comments on the US EPA's proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO), Growth Energy noted the propsal would "undercut blending requirements for biofuel in 2021 and retroactively waive 2.96 billion gallons from 2020 RVOs finalized almost two years ago." Under the proposal, 2022 volumes return to statutory levels, and the administration pledges to deny all improper small refinery exemption applications. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor commented that the proposal "sets an extremely troubling precedent of revising finalized volumes for 2020 and back-setting volumes for 2021 rather than driving growth in renewable fuels."

    National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Chris Edgington said corn farmers produce low-carbon ethanol that offers immediate emissions reductions allowing agriculture to help address climate change. Edington noted, "Our success helping you meet these commitments depends on EPA sending a clear and firm message that volume requirements will be enforced." (Source: Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network, Jan., 2022) Contact: National Corn Growers Association, NCGA, www.ncga.com; Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Growth Energy,  National Corn Growers Association,  


    World's First Bamboo Bioethanol Refinery Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Sulzer Technology, Chempolis
    Date: 2022-01-07
    In India, fluid engineering specialist Sulzer Technology and Oulu, Finland-based Chempolis are touting the new joint venture Assam Bio Refinery as India's and the world's first to create bioethanol from bamboo, which is readily available in India.

    The facility will use Sulzer's pump and separation technology to ensure long-term reliability and efficiency in the refining processes. When fully operational the biorefinery will use 300,000 tpy of bamboo to produce 60 million lpy of bioethanol transportation fuel, 19,000 tpy of furfural and 11,000 tpy of acetic acid, according to the release. (Source: Chempolis, Sulzer, Websites, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Chempolis, Markus Alholm President & CEO, +358 (0)10 387 6666, markus.alholm@chempolis.com, chempolis@chempolis.com, www.chempolis.com; Sulzer Technology, www.sulzer.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sulzer Technology,  Chempolis,  Bamboo,  Bioethanol,  


    Silicon Ranch Raises $775 Mn in Equity Funding (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Silicon Ranch
    Date: 2022-01-07
    Nashville, Tenn.-headquartered independent power producer Silicon Ranch Corporation reports it has raised $775 million in new equity capital. The funding was led by Manulife Investment Management and others including Shell, TD Greystone Infrastructure Fund (Global Master) L.P., and Mountain Group Partners. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close in Q1 2022.

    Since closing a $225 million raise in December 2020, Silicon Ranch has more than doubled its operating capacity and grown its total contracted portfolio by more than 80 pct Silicon Ranch is a fully integrated provider of customized renewable energy, carbon, and battery storage solutions for a diverse set of partners across North America, with a portfolio that includes more than 4 gigawatts of solar and battery storage systems that are contracted, under construction, or operating across the U.S. and Canada.

    Founded in 2011, Silicon Ranch pioneered utility-scale solar in the Southeast with the first large-scale solar projects in Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Kentucky. The company has successfully commissioned every project it has contracted since its inception and has further distinguished itself through its commitment to own and operate each project in its portfolio for the long term. Today Silicon Ranch owns, operates, and maintains more than 150 solar generating facilities in 15 states. (Source: Silicon Ranch, Website PR, 6 Jan., 2021)Contact: Silicon Ranch, 615.577.4786, info@siliconranch.com, www.siliconranch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Silicon Ranch,  Solar,  


    World Bank Talks Carbon Pricing (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    World Bank
    Date: 2022-01-07
    "The phrase put a price on carbon has now become well known with momentum growing among countries and business to put a price on carbon pollution as a means of bringing down emissions and drive investment into cleaner options.

    "There are several paths governments can take to price carbon, all leading to the same result. They begin to capture what are known as the external costs of carbon emissions -- costs that the public pays for in other ways, such as damage to crops and health care costs from heat waves and droughts or to property from flooding and sea level rise -- and tie them to their sources through a price on carbon.

    "A price on carbon helps shift the burden for the damage back to those who are responsible for it, and who can reduce it. Instead of dictating who should reduce emissions where and how, a carbon price gives an economic signal and polluters decide for themselves whether to discontinue their polluting activity, reduce emissions, or continue polluting and pay for it. In this way, the overall environmental goal is achieved in the most flexible and least-cost way to society. The carbon price also stimulates clean technology and market innovation, fueling new, low-carbon drivers of economic growth.

    "There are two main types of carbon pricing: emissions trading systems (ETS) and carbon taxes:

  • An ETS -- sometimes referred to as a cap-and-trade system -- caps the total level of greenhouse gas emissions and allows those industries with low emissions to sell their extra allowances to larger emitters. By creating supply and demand for emissions allowances, an ETS establishes a market price for greenhouse gas emissions. The cap helps ensure that the required emission reductions will take place to keep the emitters (in aggregate) within their pre-allocated carbon budget.

  • A carbon tax directly sets a price on carbon by defining a tax rate on greenhouse gas emissions or -- more commonly -- on the carbon content of fossil fuels. It is different from an ETS in that the emission reduction outcome of a carbon tax is not pre-defined but the carbon price is.

    "The choice of the instrument will depend on national and economic circumstances. There are also more indirect ways of more accurately pricing carbon, such as through fuel taxes, the removal of fossil fuel subsidies, and regulations that may incorporate a 'social cost of carbon.' Greenhouse gas emissions can also be priced through payments for emission reductions. Private entities or sovereigns can purchase emission reductions to compensate for their own emissions (so-called offsets) or to support mitigation activities through results-based finance.

    "Presently, some 40 countries and more than 20 cities, states and provinces already use carbon pricing mechanisms, with more planning to implement them in the future. Together the carbon pricing schemes now in place cover about half their emissions, which translates to about 13 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions." (Source: World Bank, Website, 2022) Contact: World Bank, www.worldbank.org

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  • Univ. of Texas Touts New Battery Technology (New Prod. & Tech.)
    University of Texas at Austin
    Date: 2022-01-07
    Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are reporting the creation of a stable battery that replaces lithium and cobalt in lithium-ion batteries and recharges as fast as a traditional lithium-ion battery and has the potential for a higher energy output than current battery technologies.

    In order to work, the ions in batteries must travel between the negative charge anode and positive charge cathode while generating electricity. In previously used sodium-based batteries, the anodes can develop something known as dendrites. Lithium dendrites are formed when extra lithium ions accumulate on the anode surface and cannot be absorbed into the anode and can cause short circuits and lead to catastrophic failures and even fires or explosions.

    This new sodium-based technology, which resists dendrite growth and recharges as fast as a lithium-ion battery, involves rolling a thin sheet of sodium metal onto an antimony telluride powder, then folding the sheet repeatedly to create a new anode material with a uniform distribution of sodium atoms that can resist the formation of dendrites and corrosion. This new process also makes the battery more stable with a charge rare similar to that of previous lithium-ion batteries and the potential for a higher energy capacity.

    Download details HERE . (Source: University of Texas, Austin, National Science Foundation, Contact: University of Texas, Austin, www.utexas.edu

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    40MW Energy Storage Slated for N.C. Electric Co-ops (Ind. Report)
    North Carolina Electric Cooperatives, FlexGen
    Date: 2022-01-07
    In Raleigh, North Carolina Electric Cooperatives is reporting it will deploy battery energy storage systems totaling 40 MW in 10 communities across rural North Carolina. The installations will begin in early 2022 for activations this summer. The batteries are being engineered and constructed by Durham, North Carolina-based FlexGen.

    The energy storage systems will be sited on or near the following electric cooperative substations: Bolivia, N.C. with Brunswick Electric; Maysville, N.C. with Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative; Lillington, N.C. with Central Electric; Rocky Point, N.C. with Four County EMC; Hubert, N.C. with Jones-Onslow EMC; Rockingham, N.C. with Pee Dee Electric; Asheboro, N.C. with Randolph EMC; Fayetteville, N.C. with South River EMC; Goldsboro, N.C. with Tri-County EMC; and Wake Forest, N.C. with Wake Electric (Source: North Carolina Electric Co-op, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: North Carolina Electric Co-op, Amadou Fall COO, 919-872-0800, www.ncelectriccooperatives.com; FlexGen, Kelcy Pegler, CEO, 855-327-5674, www.flexgen.com

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